Fact Check: Does Coronavirus stay in your throat for 4 days?

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Quick Take

A number of Facebook posts claim that the novel Coronavirus stays in our throat for 4 days after it enters the body. The posts suggest that saltwater gargling and steam inhalation can help kill the virus at this point. We fact-checked and found that the claim is Mostly False.

The Claim

The social media posts claim that the virus stays in our throat before it moves down to the lungs. These posts suggest that saltwater gurgling at this point will kill the virus.

Such posts can be seen here, here, and here.

Fact Check

Does the Coronavirus stay in our throat for 4 days after it enters the body?

There is no scientific evidence that the Coronavirus stays on our throat for 4 days before moving down to any other parts of the body.

While the popular belief is that the Coronavirus travels down to the lungs through the respiratory tract, the Coronavirus does not enter our body only through the mouth. The World Health Organization (WHO) website mentions, “A person can be infected when aerosols or droplets containing the virus are inhaled or come directly into contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth.”

In such a condition, the virus does not travel through the same path for everyone.

Can salt water gargling kill the virus?

No. It cannot. However, the latest researches have shown that saltwater gurgling has been able to reduce the viral load in the mouth and throat. This may also help in faster healing or decrease the chance of the severity of the infection.

However, researchers mention, “Although throat gargling helps to clean the mouth and throat, still no method has been developed to clean the respiratory tract. In addition, currently, no evidence has been found to help eliminate COVID-19. For patients with hypertension and kidney disease, ingestion of excessive saline should be avoided. People with abnormal swallowing reflexes should also avoid gargling to prevent unexpected choking and aspiration pneumonia.

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Disclaimer
Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can further read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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